Glances in the interweb DNA mirror

Glances in the interweb DNA mirror

Personas part of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab, uses natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one's aggregated online identity. In short, Personas shows you how the Internet sees you. Like walking past a large mirror, human nature, vanity or both made me want to peek in. Most of you will surely want to check yours too.

I decided to use the name clevercelt about 15 years ago on various comms, bulletin boards and email lists, originally because my actual name in the meataverse varied, Michael, Mike, Mick, Michael J, Jay, Mickey, Mixster, Magoo, ask anyone called Michael - also working under NDA with various technology companies meant my first personal site was clevercelt.com - originally I also thought setting up a 'myname' personal site was maybe a vanity too far, how times have changed.

I first set up clevercelt.com around 1995, it's logo was about using the letter C three times to make a shamrock while being a bit of a smart ass content creator, content critic - commentator which I was until the site was hacked, hacked again, compromised another few times, lost all of my work several times and repeatedly started from scratch while my mainstream day jobs in games development added enormous time pressures, clevercelt as an exercise in ego proved painfully time consuming, losing so much work, manually maintaining, after several iterations I just used it to host some of my various creative odds and ends non-standard work. I have consistently used the name clevercelt as an on-line identity from around 2002.

I therefore checked both names using the Personas tool. Obviously there are several other Michael Maguire's in the world, most notably, the US boxer, Irish-American Theatre Actor and indeed a couple of writers - that's why I use the J. in the middle of my name to attempt to differentiate me from the rest of those Michael Maguire's out there.

Its a truly amazing piece of data visualization which requires a bit of analysis before I waffle on further about it.